Friday, 14 May 2021

Reuters: TSMC may build its advanced 3nm foundry in the US instead of Europe

Building more semiconductor foundries in the midst of a global chip shortage sounds like great news. However, it’s a very expensive process that takes years, which is made clear in a report from Reuters about TSMC’s plans to built more factories. Last year it announced a $10-12 billion investment to build one chip factory in Phoenix, Arizona (first of up to six). It will be producing chips on a 5 nm process with a relatively low target of 20,000 12” wafers a month (compared to 100,000/month that the factories in Taiwan are churning out). Now the company’s leadership is considering a more...

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